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Le Corbusier Comes to Minneapolis

By the 1950s, Nicollet Island was in a fairly advanced state of neglect and was one of many concerns the city faced in figuring out what to do about its aged riverfront. While most developments in later years sought to draw inspiration from the city’s historic roots, this was not often the case early on. Much of the north loop was completely wiped out in the 1960s by the desire to create a “clean slate” from which to build a new city. In his master’s thesis of 1958, architect/urban planner Norman Day (1933-2002) expressed a similar vision for Nicollet Island.
Mr. Day, a Wayzata native and U of MN graduate (1955), earned his master’s at M.I.T., then returned to Minnesota to work several years for the Met Council as the director of physical planning studies. He later moved to Philadelphia, where he worked mainly as an urban planner until retirement. His thesis, “The Redevelopment of Nicollet Island,” proposes a rather Corbusian solution in which the entire island is razed to the ground, replaced with tower blocks and highly ordered buildings, roads, pathways and trees, and even a helipad at the south end to deliver residents to and from the airport. In describing his vision, Mr. Day wrote, “The overriding premise of this design is a belief in the necessity of treating Nicollet Island as a single piece of architecture to be molded and shaped like a homogeneous piece of sculpture.” High-res

Le Corbusier Comes to Minneapolis

By the 1950s, Nicollet Island was in a fairly advanced state of neglect and was one of many concerns the city faced in figuring out what to do about its aged riverfront. While most developments in later years sought to draw inspiration from the city’s historic roots, this was not often the case early on. Much of the north loop was completely wiped out in the 1960s by the desire to create a “clean slate” from which to build a new city. In his master’s thesis of 1958, architect/urban planner Norman Day (1933-2002) expressed a similar vision for Nicollet Island.

Mr. Day, a Wayzata native and U of MN graduate (1955), earned his master’s at M.I.T., then returned to Minnesota to work several years for the Met Council as the director of physical planning studies. He later moved to Philadelphia, where he worked mainly as an urban planner until retirement. His thesis, “The Redevelopment of Nicollet Island,” proposes a rather Corbusian solution in which the entire island is razed to the ground, replaced with tower blocks and highly ordered buildings, roads, pathways and trees, and even a helipad at the south end to deliver residents to and from the airport. In describing his vision, Mr. Day wrote, “The overriding premise of this design is a belief in the necessity of treating Nicollet Island as a single piece of architecture to be molded and shaped like a homogeneous piece of sculpture.”

stuffaboutminneapolis:

Suburban Buildings
The 24-story Northwestern Financial Center, located on Xerxes Av. So. and Hwy 494, will be the largest office facility in the surburban Twin Cities area. The office building complex will occupy 33 acres and will contain 400,000 square feet. Included in the plans are a revolving top-floor restaurant and a heliport. The Northwestern Financial Center is being developed, designed, engineered, and constructed by Rauenhorst Corporation. (photo scanned from the 1971 promotional book, “Minneapolis - City of Lakes”)
The building now known as Well Fargo Plaza was completed in 1974, and at the time was one of the tallest buildings in the Twin Cities. Looking at this got me wondering, what are the tallest buildings in the cities of suburban Minneapolis? You were wondering that too? Awesome, I did us both a favor and looked it up. (all links go to the building database website Emporis)
Plymouth - 505 Waterford Park
Robbinsdale - North Memorial Medical Center Addition
Brooklyn Center - Embassy Suites Minneapolis Brooklyn Center
Brooklyn Park - Northland Inn
New Hope - Saint Therese Residence
Golden Valley - Colonnade Building
St. Louis Park - Metropoint Tower
Edina - The Westin Edina Galleria & Residences
Richfield - The Tower at City Bella
Bloomington - 8500 Tower
Eden Prairie - Wooddale Church
Minnetonka - 601 Carlson Parkway & 701 Carlson Parkway
Andover - Andover YMCA Community Center
Chanhassen - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Oswald Visitor Center
Hopkins - Hopkins Village Apartments
Maple Grove - Maple Grove Hospital
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stuffaboutminneapolis:

Suburban Buildings

The 24-story Northwestern Financial Center, located on Xerxes Av. So. and Hwy 494, will be the largest office facility in the surburban Twin Cities area. The office building complex will occupy 33 acres and will contain 400,000 square feet. Included in the plans are a revolving top-floor restaurant and a heliport. The Northwestern Financial Center is being developed, designed, engineered, and constructed by Rauenhorst Corporation. (photo scanned from the 1971 promotional book, “Minneapolis - City of Lakes”)

The building now known as Well Fargo Plaza was completed in 1974, and at the time was one of the tallest buildings in the Twin Cities. Looking at this got me wondering, what are the tallest buildings in the cities of suburban Minneapolis? You were wondering that too? Awesome, I did us both a favor and looked it up. (all links go to the building database website Emporis)

Plymouth - 505 Waterford Park

Robbinsdale - North Memorial Medical Center Addition

Brooklyn Center - Embassy Suites Minneapolis Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Park - Northland Inn

New Hope - Saint Therese Residence

Golden Valley - Colonnade Building

St. Louis Park - Metropoint Tower

Edina - The Westin Edina Galleria & Residences

Richfield - The Tower at City Bella

Bloomington - 8500 Tower

Eden Prairie - Wooddale Church

Minnetonka - 601 Carlson Parkway & 701 Carlson Parkway

Andover - Andover YMCA Community Center

Chanhassen - Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Oswald Visitor Center

Hopkins - Hopkins Village Apartments

Maple Grove - Maple Grove Hospital